Bull­dozer lev­els ben­e­fi­ciary’s home

East and Bays Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - CATRIN OWEN

Bull­doz­ers have de­mol­ished an Auck­land so­cial home that for the past year be­came a sym­bol of Auck­land’s hous­ing cri­sis.

Auck­land ben­e­fi­ciary Niki Rauti had lived in the Glen Innes weath­er­board for­mer state house for 30 years.

But she was forced to move out on Oc­to­ber 27 af­ter los­ing a lengthy le­gal bat­tle to over­turn an evic­tion no­tice.

Rauti was is­sued an evic­tion no­tice in Oc­to­ber last year by the Ta­maki Re­gen­er­a­tion Com­pany (TRC) - a com­pany jointly owned by the Gov­ern­ment and Auck­land Coun­cil.

Her Tani­wha St home was one of 2800 state homes TRC planned to de­mol­ish and re­place with 7500 new homes in Glen Innes over the next 15 years.

TVNZ cap­tured the mo­ment Rauti’s house was de­mol­ished by bull­doz­ers on Tues­day.

Rauti said her health was de­te­ri­o­rat­ing and she had to look ahead af­ter the ne­go­ti­a­tions with TRC.

‘‘I said my good­byes on Fri­day,’’ Rauti said.

Rauti said she was set­tling into her new Ta¯ maki Hous­ing home and it was ‘‘very nice’’.

TRC had pre­vi­ously of­fered Rauti newly built homes to move into but she said in Jan­uary they were not good enough.

The Glen Innes res­i­dent first took le­gal ac­tion against TRC in Oc­to­ber 2016 in an at­tempt to stay in her home.

Rauti’s house was one of six prop­er­ties to be de­mol­ished to­gether and re­placed with 12 new, four bed­room houses.

The new houses are ex­pected to be com­pleted by April 2018.

The first evic­tion no­tice was dis­puted by Rauti in Oc­to­ber 2016 and she then took her case to the Auck­land Dis­trict Court in May in an at­tempt to ap­peal pos­ses­sion or­der of her home, granted by the Ten­ancy Tri­bunal in Fe­bru­ary.

In June, the Auck­land Dis­trict Court up­held the Ten­ancy Tri­bunal’s judge­ment, giv­ing TRC the le­gal right to evict Rauti.

As Rauti awaited her evic­tion in June, more than 20 sup­port­ers from the Ta¯ maki Hous­ing Group gath­ered out­side her home and it was in ‘‘lock-down’’.

In Septem­ber, Rauti took the com­pany to the High Court but her ap­peal was dis­missed by a High Court judge.

TRC’S hous­ing gen­eral man­ager Neil Por­te­ous pre­vi­ously told Stuff he was pleased TRC had come to an agree­ment with Rauti and pleased she’d moved into a TRC house nearby.

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